One of LA’s most architecturally significant accommodations, the Hotel Normandie, recently underwent a major facelift. Hotel Normandie first debuted in 1926, deep in the city’s Wilshire District and was developed by a trio of then-famous architects (Karl Elliott, Albert R. Walker, and Percy A. Eisen). The Walker & Eisen firm designed some of the most iconic buildings during the 1920s and 1930s, including the Beverly Wilshire, and the United Theatre.
After a $5 million renovation, Hotel Normandie reopened in September, introducing travelers to a delightful marriage of old and new. Modern-day comforts like flat-screen televisions and free WiFi in the rooms are bonuses to the sumptuous feel of the terrazzo tiles in the lobby, carpet runners, and transom windows throughout.
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Each of the 91 rooms is decked out with birdcage-motif wallpaper, a pinstriped shower curtain, hardwood floors, and a Keurig coffeemaker. There are four room categories: Standard, with a queen or king bed; Double, with two double beds; Junior Suite, complete with a wet bar and seating area; and King Suite, boasting all of the above plus a parlor
By spring, Hotel Normandie will also boast Le Comptoir, when the prix-fixe pop-up eatery evolves into full-dining fare.
Make sure to enjoy an introductory special to kick off the hotel’s new beginning with 25 percent off room rates when booked through the website.
Kristine Hansen is a freelance writer based in Milwaukee where she reports on food, wine, and travel topics around the globe for Fodors.com, along with new-hotel openings. She also writes for Wine Enthusiast, TIME, Whole Living and American Way. In 2006 she co-authored The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Coffee and Tea (Alpha Books/Penguin). You can follow her on Twitter @kristineahansen or through her web site.
Photo credits: Courtesy of Hotel Normandie